THE GREAT LIBRARY (#1): INK AND BONE by RACHEL CAINE

Rating: 3 stars "Lives are short, but knowledge is eternal."  Callum Brightwell, a smuggler of rare books, sends his son Jess to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar. As he continues his journey with other postulants, he discovers the dark secrets of the library and those who control it. Through Ink … Continue reading THE GREAT LIBRARY (#1): INK AND BONE by RACHEL CAINE

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by J.K. ROWLING

Rating: 5 stars “Dumbledore's man through and through, aren't you Potter?" "Yeah I am," said Harry. "Glad we straightened that out.” Dumbledore does not reveal why his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled when he arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry. The war against Voldemort has already begun and Hogwarts is … Continue reading HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by J.K. ROWLING

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by KERRI MANISCALCO

Rating: 4 stars "No one with that kind of surgical prowess would commit one murder then stop." "I know I wouldn't. One taste of warm blood is never enough, Miss Wadsworth." Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth a daughter of an overprotective Lord Edmund with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her, leads a … Continue reading STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by KERRI MANISCALCO

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#5): THE LAST OLYMPIAN by RICK RIORDAN

Rating: 4 stars "I hate this place," Kronos growled. "United Nations. As if mankind could ever unite. Remind me to tear down this building after we destroy Olympus." In the final book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. Kronos's power only grows with every god … Continue reading PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#5): THE LAST OLYMPIAN by RICK RIORDAN

DE PROFUNDIS by OSCAR WILDE

Rating: 5 stars With every Oscar Wilde read, my love for him has only grown and I don't think I'll ever read Oscar Wilde and not like it. I don't have much to say except that De Profundis was an intense and emotional read and I loved it. De Profundis is a letter written during Wilde's … Continue reading DE PROFUNDIS by OSCAR WILDE

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIAN (#4): THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH by RICK RIORDAN

Rating: 5 stars “For better or worse, we were back in the labyrinth.” Percy Jackson is attending freshman orientation at Goode High School, where he recognises Rachel Elizabeth Dare from last year, a clear-sighted mortal who helps him fight two Empousai and escape. When they reach the Camp Half-Blood, Annabeth and Percy accidentally find an … Continue reading PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIAN (#4): THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH by RICK RIORDAN

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#3): THE TITAN’S CURSE by RICK RIORDAN

Rating: 5 stars “There is always a way out for those clever enough to find it.”  The Titan’s Curse, book three of The Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, begins with Percy, Annabeth and Thalia reuniting with Grover at Westover Hall to find and recruit demigods for Camp Half-Blood before Luke can recruit them to … Continue reading PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#3): THE TITAN’S CURSE by RICK RIORDAN

MINI REVIEWS: (JANE EYRE & MAURICE)

JANE EYRE BY CHARLOTTE BRONTË Rating: 4 stars “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”  Jane has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at the gloomy and forbidding … Continue reading MINI REVIEWS: (JANE EYRE & MAURICE)

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#2): THE SEA OF MONSTERS: by RICK RIORDAN

Rating: 3 stars “Does truth have a moral?”  The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. As Percy nears the end of his seventh-grade, he is concerned about a vivid dream he had of Grover. When Percy and Tyson are bullied by a group of new … Continue reading PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#2): THE SEA OF MONSTERS: by RICK RIORDAN

AND I DARKEN by KIERSTEN WHITE

Rating: 1 star “Her spine was steel. Her heart was armour. Her eyes were fire.”  Ever since Lada Dragwlya and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She … Continue reading AND I DARKEN by KIERSTEN WHITE

STORY OF YOUR LIFE by TED CHIANG

Rating: 3 stars “Living with you will be like aiming for a moving target; you'll always be further along than I expect.” Story of Your Life is narrated by linguist Dr Louise Banks. The story, addressed to her daughter, alternates between recounting the past, living the present: the coming of the aliens and the deciphering of their language; … Continue reading STORY OF YOUR LIFE by TED CHIANG

THE VALLEY OF FEAR by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Rating: 3 stars “The old wheel turns, and the same spoke comes up. It's all been done before, and will be again.”  Fred Porlock, an agent of Professor Moriarty, sends Sherlock a cypher message but decides against sending him the key to the cypher, fearing he would be discovered as a traitor by Moriarty. Holmes is … Continue reading THE VALLEY OF FEAR by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

THE HOUNDS OF THE BASKERVILLES by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Rating: 4 stars “There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you.”  Mortimer reveals an 18th-century manuscript and narrates the legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles. Hugo Baskerville was captured and imprisoned at the Baskerville estate located in the remote moor of Devonshire and was murdered by a hound late one … Continue reading THE HOUNDS OF THE BASKERVILLES by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

THE SIGN OF FOUR by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Rating: 3 stars “You know my methods. Apply them.”  Mary Morstan presents a stimulating case before Sherlock Holmes. In December 1878, her father had telegraphed her upon his safe return from India and beseeched her to meet him at the Langham Hotel in London. Mary when arrived at the hotel, she was informed her father had gone out … Continue reading THE SIGN OF FOUR by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

A STUDY IN SCARLET by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Rating: 3 stars It's been a while since I last posted a book review as I've been busy with work. I recently took a break from reading YA Fantasy and reading good old authors. To say that I'm disappointed with YA would be an understatement. “To begin at the beginning.”  It's in the initial novel … Continue reading A STUDY IN SCARLET by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

CROOKED KINGDOM by LEIGH BARDUGO

Rating: 5 stars "Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the people who wrong them too. They don't forget. They tell each other who to look after and who to watch out for." The Dregs pulled off a heist so dangerous even they didn't think … Continue reading CROOKED KINGDOM by LEIGH BARDUGO

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by TOMI ADEYEMI

Rating: 1 star "No matter how much I crave peace, the gods have other plans." Under the orders of a ruthless king, Saran, magic vanished from Orïsha eleven years ago and Majis were tortured and killed in the raid. Zélie Adebola remembered the night her mother was murdered. Zélie is destined to restore magic. Zélie, … Continue reading CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by TOMI ADEYEMI

ADDICT by MATT DOYLE

Rating: 3.5 stars I would like to thank the author, Matt Doyle, for providing me with an eBook. This does not, in any way, influences my rating or opinions of the book. “Religion is sometimes as destructive as our armed forces, but the true believers can be useful tools in the war of peace.” Addict is … Continue reading ADDICT by MATT DOYLE

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by MEREDITH RUSSO

Rating: 5 stars. Take it all! Representation: Transsexual protagonist, lesbian and bisexual side characters TW: Transphobia, rape, suicide and homophobia "For the boys and girls and those in between who feel alone and afraid, who feel like there's no way out, who feel like things can never be better than they are now. This book … Continue reading IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by MEREDITH RUSSO

PRODIGY PRINCE by NATASHA SAPIENZA

Rating: 4 stars The author, Natasha Sapienza, provided me with an eBook copy. This in no way effects my rating or opinions of the book. "An age shall return when voices rage and fists strike against all authority. Restless souls stir unrest, and quivering kingdoms will collapse. Only in one does Zephoris' hope reside. But the … Continue reading PRODIGY PRINCE by NATASHA SAPIENZA

THE HATE U GIVE by ANGIE THOMAS

Rating: 3 stars "Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right." Starr Carter and Khalil Harris were returning from a party when their car was pulled over by a white cop. And Khalil was shot. Why? Only because he's black. And Starr witnessed … Continue reading THE HATE U GIVE by ANGIE THOMAS

SIX OF CROWS by LEIGH BARDUGO

Rating: 4 stars "Greed may do your bidding, but death serves no man." Six of Crows is the first book in the Duology followed by the Crooked Kingdom. The new series takes place in the same world as the Grisha books but is set in a different location and time frame. Kaz Brekker, a thief known … Continue reading SIX OF CROWS by LEIGH BARDUGO

LOVE, HATE & OTHER FILTERS by SAMIRA AHMED

Rating: 5 stars "And for those who bear the brunt of hate because of the color of your skin or the sound of your name, for those who are spat upon, for those who are told to "go home," when you are home: you are known. You are loved. You are enough. Let your light … Continue reading LOVE, HATE & OTHER FILTERS by SAMIRA AHMED

THE BIG SWITCH: IT’S NEVER TOO LATE by JOHN THOMAS

Rating: 4 stars The author, John Thomas, provided me with an eBook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you. "Remember this- you get to choose what you want to be. You alone. No one else. Others might find your dreams to be far-fetched and stupid. But that's alright. You must follow your heart irrespective … Continue reading THE BIG SWITCH: IT’S NEVER TOO LATE by JOHN THOMAS

THE TWO TOWERS (LOTR #2) by J.R.R. TOLKIEN

  Rating: 2 stars "Don't the great tales never end?" "No, they never end as tales," said Frodo. "But the people in them come and go when their part's ended. Our part will end later- or sooner." Boromir died in the battle with the army of orcs. Frodo decided to continue the journey on his … Continue reading THE TWO TOWERS (LOTR #2) by J.R.R. TOLKIEN